Jennie Franklin produces detailed drawings in pencil and pen, taking inspiration from found printed material and children’s characters.
Jennie Franklin’s drawings appear like an energetic stream of consciousness. She picks and chooses imagery and text from various sources, which she combines to create her own intuitive compositions. Leaflets, flyers, posters and other printed material serve as source material, and familiar children’s characters often appear. She sometimes includes self portraits, depicting her own emotions.
Jennie is equally comfortable working large and small-scale, and in recent years has created a series of tiny, intricate drawings onto stickers.
In 2019 Jennie was invited to stage a solo exhibition at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre. Her self-titled show ‘Well Done Good Draw’ featured large-scale drawings produced over a four year period. Le Fourdrinier’s Sara Jaspan praised the show, commenting:
Each drawing fizzes with a moving flow of images, colours, shapes and words that rise up, sink back, bump into and precipitate one another. Fragments connect through an unwritten logic; crystallising then unravelling across the page, refusing to be too firmly grasped. Clusters of concentrated detail form in places, the minute pencil work often so tight and densely packed that clarity becomes impossible. Then the scale shifts abruptly … and the composition opens out into calmer fields of stark white paper, or large circles and triangles rendered in satisfying blocks of colour.
In 2022 Jennie is taking part in Narratives, the third in our pioneering ‘Conversations Series’, in which learning disabled artists work alongside emerging contemporary artists over several months, producing new work through an equal exchange of art and ideas. This current collaboration will result in an exhibition at The Lowry in January 2023.
Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.
Cordially Invited IV, Make Studio Baltimore, online, 2021.
The Manchester Open, HOME Manchester, 2020.
Micro, AIR Gallery, Altrincham, 2019.
Jennie Franklin: ‘Well Done, Good Draw’, solo show, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, 2019.
Spilling Out (joint presentation with Venture Arts and Castlefield Gallery), The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central Convention Centre, 2018.
PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts, Manchester and Salford, 2018.
Venture Arts Presents, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, 2017.
Manifest Arts Festival, Manchester and Salford, 2017.
MADE, Venture Arts full studio show, People’s History Museum, Manchester, 2015.
‘Jennie’s Art’ is a community enterprise to enable Jennie Franklin to create unique, personal cards and gifts. Find Jennie’s Art on Facebook
Jennie’s work also features on the Outside In online gallery.